8 days in Portland, Seattle & Tacoma Itinerary

8 days in Portland, Seattle & Tacoma Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tacoma
— 2 nights
Drive to Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Fly to Santa Maria Pub/Capt G Allan Hancock Field

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Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then snap pictures at Hawthorne Bridge, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Volcano Lands - Private Tours, and finally stroll around Laurelhurst Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland driving holiday planner.

Santa Maria to Portland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Santa Maria in April, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Step out of Seattle with an excursion to ILovekickboxing in Kirkland--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, walk around Discovery Park, and explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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Traveling by car from Portland to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tacoma.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tacoma

— 2 nights
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Washington State History Museum, hike along 5 Mile Drive & Trails, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Point Defiance Park, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Puget Sound.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tacoma travel planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Tacoma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tacoma can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tacoma

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums